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189 Dead As Plane Crashes Into The Sea Off Indonesia


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A passenger plane carrying 189 people has crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

The flight was on its way to the Bangka Belitung Islands when it lost contact, and plunged into the water.

Rescuers have recovered some remains but there is no sign of survivors.

Lion Air is Indonesia's largest low-cost carrier. 

The cause of the crash remains unclear but a spokesman for the search and rescue team stated that the plane crashed around 30-40 metres below the surface of the water.

Rescuers have recovered body parts and items believed to belong to passengers have also been found in the water, including ID cards and driver's licences.


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